I’m no doubt like many others in that I take health for granted. I mean good health. Luckily all my immediate family are healthy with few ailments that limit life’s activities. However the last few weeks have thrown that into perspective.
My vertigo/tinnitus/migraine combination whilst better than the first attack about 7 weeks ago has been a recurring pain in the backside, well head and ear actually. It comes and goes. The last three days have been the first time of that length clear from nothing intruding to disturb me since the attacks started again. It is a minor issue really in the scheme of things, yes it makes listening to people in noisy situations next to impossible, playing the guitar can be painful which is a massive shame to me obviously, the wobbliness has not been totally debilitating but I’ve had a couple of minor falls as a result. I’m sure when one of these happened the people around me thought I was a drunk just trying to get on the train since my inability to know exactly where the floor and the sky was meant I completely lost my footing getting onto a train. Still no-one sat next to me for the journey so maybe a benefit and given how I used to be sometimes in the past the fact I now notice people’s reaction is so funny.
However the other concern is Mrs F. She isn’t well at all. A long standing issue of someone of her age (ladies will understand) led her going to the doctor. A prescription just made things worse and she hurt her back badly somehow. Back to the doctor and he prescribed a second load of tablets. She then gave up on the first lot. The back pain slowly eased but then heart palpitations. Her Dad used to get them but his doctor just said something like “Eat less cheese” – remember the health service of the 70s? She went back to docs – saw a lady doctor this time. Stop all drugs! The long standing situation has improved a bit and the palpitations have eased a bit but she has had some nights where sleeping has proved very difficult.
For people who generally have enjoyed carefree life with no issues these have to us become a big deal – anything we have, strained back, cold, headache, stomach upset just go within a day or two… these are a sign no doubt of our increasing decrepidness! Once we are better again I hope we don’t take that for granted as much as we have in the past